Posted by Bill Taylor on November 02, 2000 at 19:28:44:
If you are a serious buyer I think local title companies are the place to go and ask if they can work a deal with you on preliminary searches. Mine just worked a deal with me that they will do the search before the sheriffs sale for nothing and then they will charge me an extra $25 when we do buy a house this way. This of course was done due to the fact that I have been a buyer. You can talk to these folks now becasue the title companies are not as busy as they were a yr ago. The reason they are not is due to not as many re-finances since rates are not as low as before.What you are looking for if there are leins that will not clear off in the sheriffs sale such as Federal tax leins and past due property tax. Good luck it can be quite a bit of fun. last week we bought a house worth at least 64000 for 35000. All cash however but not my cash the banks.